Introduction to Social Issues

Standards are put in place to ensure children under

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Standards are put in place to ensure children under 15 are not forced to work, workers may establish unions and working conditions and salaries are equal or higher to minimum wage. Fair Trade Certified Logos are on these products Coffee Production Coffee prices are low (60cents per pound) Coffee companies have not lowered consumer prices (keep the profits) Farmers can’t maintain their families and land Poverty and hunger for thousands of small producers in Latin America Environmental Issues Coffee Filters - chlorine used to bleach them creates toxic pollutants Styrofoam (coffee cups) made from chemicals that contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer Production of Sugar Produced in approximately 120 countries including Canada 85% of sugar consumed in Canada is imported mostly from Third World countries Subsidies for sugar production lead to lower prices and affect Third World producers Dairy Farmers Trend towards agribusiness What impact does this have the quality of products given the reliance on growth hormones and antibiotics Whitener - edible oil product Social Analysis Social Analysis begins with questioning the world around us. Are we as consumers contributing to poor conditions of others in the Third World? What can we do about it? (social action) Are we aware of our global community?
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